Happy Easter!

Here’s hoping you have a wonderful, sun-filled day, and that the Easter Bunny leaves lots of treats for you and yours. And if you’ve got leftover hard-boiled eggs, lucky you—gobble ‘em up, then save the shells to use in your garden.

Eggshells are rich in nitrogen, which makes them a top-notch “green” ingredient for making compost. But don’t toss all of your empty shells onto the pile or into the bin. Here are five eggs-cellent ways to shell out the leftovers:

  1. Eggshells make great seed starting pots. Poke a hole in the bottom of the shell, fill it with soil, and plant your seeds. When transplanting, simply crack the shell slightly, and then bury the eggshell, plant and all.
  2. If you add a layer of crushed eggshells to the bottom of planting holes, you’ll be providing calcium to the plants and improving drainage at the same time.
  3. Punch a hole in the bottom of half of an eggshell, and use it as a handy, disposable funnel to fill your Hose-End Sprayers.
  4. Place eggshells in the microwave for three minutes, remove, crush into a fine powder, and place them in a cloth sachet. Then drop the sachet into your houseplant watering can to give your indoor plants a nice nitrogen-boost.
  5. Crush a bunch of empty eggshells and throw them into an empty pot for a drainage layer instead of heavier pebbles.

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